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“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” ~ Ecclesiastes 4:12

Ever been in this sticky wicket?

Joe and Jana are two leaders who report to you. But Jana doesn’t like Joe. She thinks he’s overbearing and condescending in the way he interacts with her. Joe doesn’t know this, of course. She’s never told him. But you know it, because, as your direct report, she has come to you and demanded you step in and do something about it.

If you’re like most leaders, here’s what you’re likely to do next: You assure Jana that you’ll look into it. Then you immediately set up a 1-on-1 meeting with Joe, in which you explain that Jana has complained about the way he treats her. Joe gets defensive, says Jana is over-reacting and/or doesn’t know how to relax and take a joke. You nevertheless require Joe to change his approach. He reluctantly agrees. You then meet with Jana 1-on-1 to let her know you’ve talked with Joe, and ask her to come back to you if Joe’s behavior doesn’t change. Jana and Joe, meantime, continue interacting as if none of this has happened, although they are clearly very tense around each other now, even more than they were. Then you…blah blah blah yuck yuck yuck…

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WaterFlameAs any good leader will tell you, there’s nothing quite so awesome as working with a leadership team that’s highly skilled in creativity and innovative thinking. In teams like these, meetings are filled with the hopeful energy of possibility. All ideas and all questions are welcomed in a sort of playful reverence, because who knows which one may lead to the next brilliant discovery, or innovative approach to a challenge the team is facing.

Unfortunately, teams like these are as rare as they are amazing. Think for a moment of your own leadership team:

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walkthehighlineThis video reawakened my soul to a deeper truth this week ~ about what it means to be a leader in God’s Kingdom…or perhaps to simply be a real, wholehearted human being.

In the video, Michael Schaefer and Dean Potter create a scene of a solitary man walking the highline at Cathedral Peak. As Potter begins his unaided walk, you hear the camera operator take deep, anxious but meditative breaths. And I breathe with him, reminded of highlines I, too, have walked at night alone.

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johnburkenewThis week I’m stoked to welcome my good friend John Burke to the blog. John is the lead pastor at Gateway Church in Austin, TX (yep, he’s also my pastor), and the author of Mud and the Masterpiece, which officially releases this week! I’m really excited about this book ~ in fact, I believe it’s one of the most important books for Christians to be written in decades. I hope leaders everywhere will read it. See the end of John’s post for info on how you can snag a copy, plus a whole bunch of other great stuff too!

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